By Brittany Nelson, USAS Public Relations & Communications Manager
Over 150 athletes from across the country competed at the 2022 Shotgun National Championships in the trap event at Hillsdale, Michigan July 20-24, for their chance to secure a title and a possible World Championship Team spot.
Rachel Tozier, a Sgt. with the Army Marksmanship Unit, secured the open women’s gold medal. Julia Stallings took home the silver in that category and Aeriel Skinner earned bronze.
Based off of scores from National Championships, and a selection match earlier this year, the 2022 World Championship Team for Women’s Trap is Kayle Browning, Aeriel Skinner, and Rachel Tozier.
In the open men category, Derrick Mein, currently ranked number one in the world for men’s trap, took home the gold. Will Hinton earned the silver medal and Glenn Eller won bronze.
The 2022 World Championship Team for Men’s Trap is Derrick Mein, Will Hinton, and Casey “Jake” Wallace.
“Everyone came prepared and shot high caliber scores,” said Jay Waldron, National Shotgun Coach. “It feels good to have the [trap] world team selected. I am looking forward to going to worlds and doing some damage.”
On the junior side of the house, the top three overall women medalists are Marian Zerby, a Florida native, who took home gold; Ryann Phillips, from Texas, who earned silver; and Carey Garrison, from Tennessee, who won bronze.
For the junior men’s category, Matthew Kutz, a Texan, won the gold; Sam Blevins, from Kentucky, took home silver; and Caleb Cutler, from Texas, earned bronze.
For Paralympic Trap category, Jose Martinez Pico, from North Carolina, won gold; Sophia Bultema, from Colorado, earned silver; and Zachary Jones, from Texas, won bronze.
In the senior men’s category, Scott Miller, from Nevada, took home gold; Charles Jenson, of Indiana, earned silver; and David Campana, of Michigan, earned bronze.
Medals for the top three competitors were also awarded in the following categories: over 60 men, over 70 men, visitors, U18 men and women, collegiate men and women, and U15 men and women.
Find all official results here.
Up next for the shotgun team is the 2022 Shotgun Junior Olympic National Championships, July 25-31, and the 2022 Skeet National Championships, Aug. 2-6, both at Hillsdale’s John A. Halter Shooting Sports Education Center.
“Hillsdale is a wonderful host, and the level of support USA Shooting has received from this partnership is simply amazing,” said Waldron.
View photos of the event here.